PETERS – Loosen visitation rules so seniors can choose quality of life

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has been intolerably cruel to our seniors. Not only is it infecting and killing them at a rate far higher than the rest of the population, restrictions put in place to limit the virus’ spread treat seniors unfairly. We have eliminated their ability to socialize, to connect and to maintain bonds with their friends and their families.

For most seniors, the opportunity to socialize is the joy of life that keeps them getting up in the mornings. If they cannot sit and reminisce, tell jokes and stories, listen to their grandchildren tell them about the latest toy or video game just to see the glint in their eyes and hear the spark of excitement in their voices — if they can’t do those things, they might as well stay in bed.

Some seniors are fully equipped to maintain their social connections through technology, but even those few would say a Zoom call is scarcely a replacement for a one-on-one visit or a family gathering.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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2 Comments on PETERS – Loosen visitation rules so seniors can choose quality of life

  1. “Densification for profit” has created the perfect storm for a pandemic to cause the death of seniors who live in long term care facilities. Once the virus has been introduced to the living space for these folks, chances are, many of them will contract it and many will die.
    If there is anything this pandemic should teach us, it is that we need to have a 180 degree way of thinking for how the elderly and those needing long term care are housed.
    When I once posed the question, “My God, what are we doing?”, it was to address the way our seniors are housed.

  2. Is Peters outa his frickin mind to advocate for such a thing, based solely on a generic, roundabout statement like:

    ‘Ask almost any senior citizen living either at a home or in a care facility whether they would trade years off their lives in exchange for a greater quality of life and they would barely hesitate.’

    Basically he’s saying that its ok for the elderly to die before their time now, from a virus that in a short, single year or so from now, will be heading into the annals of history as a ‘soon to be beaten’ crisis.

    Where it is fine to speak to the difficulties the elderly face, and the hard choice made to disallow visits, this is without a doubt the most chaotic, dangerous mindset possible to plant into the minds of readers suffering in this way.

    Soo, lets say a child or grandchild visits an elderly person and gives them the virus. Then staff or a neighbour get it from them … and so on, and so on. Boom … Quebec like seniors home infection rates and deaths.

    That single visit is now responsible for illnesses and deaths,
    for people that DID NOT make that choice of visits, over extra years of life.

    It is irresponsible for Armchair Mayor and CFJC to publish this, full stop. This kind of recommendation and advice should be censured, as it could literally kill the innocent.

    Peters should be ashamed of himself for suggesting such a thing.

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